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Small Labs Make Big Targets

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Science  14 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5268, pp. 1578
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5268.1578

Summary

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) nine multipurpose labs are getting most of the political attention, but it's the 17 smaller, more focused, and less well-known labs that are more likely to get swamped by the changes washing over the department. Especially vulnerable are eight single-purpose facilities with specific missions. While some labs are looking for private-sector owners, others are hoping that powerful friends in Washington will save the day.